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chapter18_post - People and Natural Hazards Underlying...

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People and Natural Hazards: Underlying Problems people put themselves where they can be impacted by major natural events Towns were located where suitable for earlier basic needs, but modern infrastructure is too entrenched for easy relocations belief that we can control nature Short-term ‘cures’ are seen as solution to nature’s rampages installing levees, concrete barriers, catchment basins and landslide drains Fail to see that the more we hold back the effect of large natural event, the worse the effect will eventually be; problems are often diverted elsewhere preferred approach has been to react after disaster zoning to prevent building, strict building codes billions of tax dollars are spent to protect inherently high-risk areas for benefit of few Federal policy has shifted to mitigation, with funds for rebuilding only in safer location or in safer way
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